Women's Wellness Adventure Retreat
Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky
Women's Wellness Adventure Retreat
October 20 - 22, 2017
Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky
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Early Registration Fee: $390.00/person. Paid by check.
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Early Registration Fee: $400.00/person. Paid online.
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Regular Registration Fee: $440.00/person.
(On or after September 1.)
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Limit 20 participants.
Spots Open: 13 as of May 6, 2017.
"The Power of Adventure - Nature, Hiking, Rappelling, Cave Exploring, Yoga, Healthy Eating, Wellness and Fellowship"
Enjoy a relaxing getaway weekend at Carter Caves State Resort Park. This women’s only wellness retreat focuses on adventure, fitness, relaxation, and good nutrition.
Reenergize your mind and body! Hike as you take in the beauty of the fall colors, rappel from a sandstone cliff, explore the natural wonders of caves in one of the largest natural cave systems in eastern Kentucky, and reach optimal physical and mental relaxation under the expert guidance of a certified yoga instructor and a certified health minister.
This is a three-day, two-night, wellness and retreat weekend for ladies in the wilderness beauty of Carter Caves State Resort Park. The weekend includes fun activities inside, outside, and underground which are designed to help you unwind as you enjoy nature and make new friends. The deluxe cabins offer inviting and comfortable accommodations. Bring a friend!
About Carter Caves:
The beautiful setting of Carter Caves State Resort Park is the ideal setting for this wellness retreat. Nestled in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, Carter Caves is 2,000 acres of wooded hills rich in plants, animals and geologic formations both above and below ground. Carter Caves State Resort Park Web Site
No roughing it here! These deluxe cottages have all of the modern conveniences of home. Each cottage has two bedrooms, four double beds, two full bathrooms, full kitchen, wood burning fireplace, couch, covered deck, TV and telephone. Tableware, cooking utensils, linens and firewood are provided. The cottages have a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and coffee maker. Daily linen is service available. Four gals to a cottage. Pick a room-mate or come with three friends and have a cottage to yourselves.
Thursday Lodging Special:
Arrive at Carter Caves on Thursday and stay in a lodge room for only $59.95/night + tax. Call 1-800-325-0059 to book your room. Mention the reservation code of "adventure" to get this special rate. By arriving the day before you'll be sure to not miss a minute of retreat! Subject to lodge room availability.
There is plenty of above-ground adventure on the twenty-six miles of nature trails at Carter Caves State Resort Park. While the park is known for its caves and caverns, its best kept secret is the hiking trails. The scenic trails wander among sandstone cliffs, beautiful arches and natural bridges. You will hike the best of the best trails on this retreat.
Horn Hollow Trail:
This hilly, but scenic trail takes you from the ridges into the streamless valley of Horn Hollow, exceptional for its multiple cave entrances. The trail is only 1.5 miles in length, but you'll swear it was longer.
Three Bridges Trail:
As the name implies you'll see three impressive natural bridges on this 3.5 mile loop hike including the largest bridge in eastern Kentucky. You will marvel at these beautiful bridges as you get an up-close view of them. This hike will be led by a retired park naturalist who has lived in Carter County for 50 years.
Natural Bridge Trail:
This short, half-mile trail, takes us through and over an impressive limestone natural bridge. Natural Bridge is one of the landmarks of the area and is quite unique in Kentucky.
Box Canyon Trail:
One of our most scenic trails and passes unusual geologic features in the park, including the Cascade natural bridge, the Box Canyon and the wind tunnel. This trail is hilly and fairly difficult and is slightly less than one mile long.
Mild Yet Wild Cave Trip:
Adventure awaits as you journey underground into the maze of natural passages of Cascade Cave. Our experienced and expert cave guide will lead you on a short hike of Box Canyon and then on the "Mild Yet Wild" caving experience in this majestic cavern. You'll explore the Cathedral Room, The Hanging Gardens of King Solomon and the Lake Room. Our guide will take you off the beaten path into wild and undeveloped cave passages. Your feet will get wet as you explore subterranean stream passages.
For those who are more adventurous, there will be plenty of optional cave crawling. Some stooping and bending is required. This is a mildly strenuous activity.
You will be outfitted with the proper caving gear and given safety and conservation instructions. All caving equipment is provided including a helmet, headlamp, coveralls and knee pads. This adventure is bound to be one of the highlights of your weekend!
A commercial cave with electric lights. X-Cave has two vertical joint passages that meander through a large layer of limestone, putting you up-close to beautiful cave formations. Features include turkey rock, the pipe organ, and the giant column which is the largest cave formation found at the park. It's the one of the most unique caves you'll ever visit!
Down For Dummies Rappelling:
Ready to try rappelling? This is your opportunity! Under expert guidance and with the proper safety equipment, you'll be given formal instructions, clipped into a harness, and monitored as you descend the beautiful, 60-foot sandstone cliffs of Carter Caves State Resort Park. Fun and excitement are guaranteed! No experience is necessary.
All equipment provided. For your safety and comfort, there is a weight limit of 250 pounds. In addition, you must also be able to fit into the harness per manufacturer's safety guidelines.
Yoga In The Cave
After hiking in the afternoon, we'll take a trip to over to Cascade Cave where we will venture into the cave a short distance dressed for yoga. A silent, timeless chamber lit by soft cave lights makes the perfect atmosphere for yoga. Our certified yoga instructor, will take you through a series of yoga poses to stretch your muscles while breathing deeply, relieving stress and tension. The class will conclude with a long relaxation so that you feel calm, refreshed and renewed. This class requires no prior yoga experience. Yoga by Linda Salyer.
We'll start our weekend of adventure with a quick and easy Soup & Salad Bar lunch at the lodge restaurant.
Friday Evening Desserts:
Enjoy getting to know your guides and fellow adventurers over desserts and coffee. We may indulge just a little. Bring your own wine.
Starting your day with a good breakfast is one of the best health decisions you can make. Breakfast literally means 'breaking your overnight fast'. Our guides will serve a simple, healthy and delicious breakfast on Saturday to get you ready for a full day of exercise, excitement and adventure.
Unwind with fellow adventurers on Saturday evening around the dinner table in the lodge after a full day of activities. Choose from a wide variety of entrees, side dishes and desserts. Includes soup and salad bar too!
Until My Ship Comes In: A Guide to Winning Over Chronic Stress:
Are you waiting for your ship to come in? Why wait? Do it now! This interactive workshop will explore the meaning of chronic versus situational stress, and how so many of us put off our own happiness waiting for something to change. This seminar will address the power of negative emotions on our mind, body and spirit, and how to combat those emotions by being proactive and intentional in our emotional and physical health. You will learn the top "Five Regrets" that people have later life. Learn how you can use outdoor adventure now to eliminate these regrets. Program presented by Kristy Matheson.
You'll enjoy this favorite fall tradition at Carter Caves. Come and take the walk through the park's wooded trail and experience thrilling scenes and haunts that will have you shivering with fear! Our past trail survivors consider Carter Caves Haunted Trail one of the best haunted attractions in the region.
|9:00am||Meet and Greet. Olive Hill Room in lower level of the lodge.
|10:00pm||Presentation. Until My Ship Comes In: A Guide to Winning Over Chronic Stress. Olive Hill Room.
|11:30pm||Lunch. Soup and salad bar in lodge restaurant.
|1:30am||Three Bridges Hike. A three-mile, naturalist led, hike exploring the arches and bridges of Carter Caves.
|5:00pm||Yoga In The Cave. Awaken your mind, body, and spirit.
|6:30pm||Supper. On your own. Dine in the lodge restaurant or prepare your own in your fully equipped cottage.
|7:30pm||Desserts and coffee. Guide's cabin. BYO-Wine.
|8:30pm||Haunted Trail. Enjoy the annual haunted trail at Carter Caves.
|7:30am||Breakfast. Healthy, simple yet satisfying. In the guide's cabin.
|8:30am||Group A: Mild Yet Wild Cave Trip. Let's explore majestic Cascade Cave and get off the beaten path.
Group B: Rappelling. A scenic, fun and exciting rappell from a 60 foot sandstone cliff.
|12:00pm||Lunch. On your own. Dine in the lodge restaurant or prepare your own in your fully equipped cottage.
|1:00pm||Group A: Rappelling. A scenic, fun and exciting rappell from a 60 foot sandstone cliff.
Group B: Mild Yet Wild Cave Trip. Let's explore majestic Cascade Cave and get off the beaten path.
|5:00pm||Hike, Yoga or Free Time. Choose a 1.5 mile hilly hike, yoga or nothing at all.
|6:00pm||Free Time. Relax and unwind at your cottage.
|7:00pm||Dinner. Buffet in lodge restaurant.
|8:00pm||Evening Activities. Relax? Campfire? Hike To Smoky Lake?
Note: The schedule of activities may be re-arranged or change depending on the weather conditions.
|???||Breakfast. On your own. Dine in the lodge restaurant or prepare your own in your fully equipped cottage.
|7:15am||Morning Yoga. Start your day with sunrise yoga by Smoky Lake.
|9:00am||A Tour of X-Cave. An easy, walking cave tour.
|10:00am||Natural Bridge Hike. A short and scenic must-see.
|11:00am||Check-Out Time. Retreat ends. Stay longer and enjoy the park.
What Is Included?
Your registration fee includes:
- Three days, two nights lodging for one person in a shared, fully equipped, deluxe cottage. (Four to a cottage.)
- Four guided hikes including one naturalist-led hike.
- "Mild Yet Wild" cave trip including all equipment.
- "Down For Dummies" rappelling including all equipment.
- "Yoga In The Cave" led by a certified yoga instructor.
- "Sunrise Yoga By The Lake" led by a certified yoga instructor.
- Guided walking tour of X-Cave.
- Wellness Presentation: When Your Ship Comes In.
- Haunted Trail tickets.
- Friday lunch of soup and salad bar in the lodge restaurant.
- Friday evening desserts and coffee.
- Saturday morning "light and healthy" breakfast.
- Saturday dinner buffet in the lodge restaurant.
- And More!
What Is Not Included?
- Friday supper, Saturday lunch, Sunday breakfast.
- Optional guide gratuities
What To Bring:
Check out our List of Items To Bring
so you are fully prepared!
View the lodge restaurant Breakfast Menu
and Lunch & Dinner Menu
Your Wellness Coaches and Guides:
Kristy's passion is wellness and being in nature with just about any outdoor activity. Kristy is an experienced hike leader and an active member of the Dayton Hikers group. In her professional life she is a Licensed Social Worker, Certified Health Minister and Certified Dementia Practitioner. She is a talented motivational speaker on topics such as women's wellness and the therapeutic benefits of nature based adventure. Kristy is certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED. Kristy and her husband have three children and live in Germantown, Ohio. She looks forward to sharing her passion of nature, wellness and adventure with you.
Linda has a passion for health and fitness. She maintains a physically active lifestyle which includes hiking, biking, swimming, and yoga. Linda has discovered that an active lifestyle not only keeps her physically fit but keeps her mind, body, and spirit in balance, reduces stress, and promotes equanimity in life. Linda is a Certified Yoga Instructor and loves to share her passion for yoga with others. In her professional life she is an information technology project manager. After raising her two sons and finding more free time, Linda's sense of adventure for the outdoors led her to join Dayton Hikers for exercise and social interaction. She is a hike leader with Dayton Hikers and is certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED.
Your wellness coaches and guides are highly experienced and have current Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED certifications.
Here Is What They Say About Our Retreats:
Absolutely had a blast!
– Rita L.
I can't think of anything to change or do better. The park, facilities, trails and amenities were absolutely wonderful and beautiful. Very happy! The guides were great! They were interesting, provided a personal experience and were so very knowledgeable. So enthusiastic!
– Debbie D.
What an absolutely wonderful weekend this was! It was refreshing, challenging, relaxing, fun, therapeutic, inspiring, energizing, esteem building, educational and informative. The weekend was filled with new and unique experiences for me - caving, yoga, yoga in a cave, gourmet dining. Loved all of the caves we were able to see on the hikes and also the ones we were able to explore. I didn't realize how fun it would be to get up close and personal with a cave by crawling in the dirt on hands and knees. Sign me up for the next retreat!
– Karen P.
I had the most fun together on Saturdat night and then it was over! Would be nice to have had one more night! The guides were awesome. The park was just beautiful - I will go back!
– Theresa G.
The loved the amazing attention to detail and the supportive environment that the guides provided. Surprising to myself, I really enjoyed the yoga. And of course the hiking. The fantastic leaders set the tone for a group. They encouraged a supportive female environment from the start and ensured everyone felt comfortable and included.
– Ellie H.
Operated on Kentucky State Park lands in Carter Caves State Resort Park with special permission.
Your registration fee is fully refundable if you cancel 25 days in advance or if this event is cancelled or rescheduled.
All participants must complete an adventure application and sign a liability waiver. Retreat Application PDF to download/print.
Application must be returned for your registration to be confirmed.
Minimum age is 14. Adult family member must accompany minor children. Inquire about children younger than 14. No pets permitted. All of our trips are non-smoking. A recommended packng list, meeting location and trip details will be sent via email to registered participants.
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I loved all aspects of the trip, well....except that 28lb pack was not so pleasant the first hour, but after some adjustments by the guides, it wasn't difficult. I did not want the weekend to end! All the guides were so helpful, friendly, and full of information from their own various personal experiences. I will definitely do this again! – Bridget M.